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The Greatest Liar on Earth

Award winning duo Frané Lessac and Mark Greenwood have created a children's picture book full of intrigue, imagination and Frané's unique illustrations.

Beginning and ending with the image of a unhappy man, alone and surrounded by a cloak of fog and mystery, The Greatest Liar tells the tale of what happened to this man in the intervening time period.

For this all began, or so it would seem, when Louis stepped off the boat and in to the British Museum where he devoured the diaries of explorers and travellers. From here Louis went on to tell his "masterpiece", a "breathtaking tale of catastrophe and miraculous events" until fame meant he was able to trade his shabby coat for a shiny suit to accompany him on his many stage appearances.

The Greatest Liar evokes the Victorian era of Britain, where authors released their stories in chapter form in much-loved periodicals and where a theatre or music hall was rapidly becoming common place in most towns. Depicting Louis at the height of his fame Frané conveys the oppulance of London theatres - both in terms of their architecture and the occupants - a gorgeous scene full of glowing reds and golds plus many men in suits!

Lessac and Greenwood's picture book accompanies Louis as he re tells his adventurous experiences to a captive audience - tales of great ocean monsters, turtle gondoliers, wrestling with crocodiles and evil monsters with swords (to name just a few!) are each accompanied by a double page of vibrant illustrations in Lessac's distinctive, eye catching manner.

At the height of his fame and fortune the newspapers cast doubts over the accuracy of Louis' accounts, declaring Louis a charlatan ... "the author's reputation was shattered." Oh the power of the press, for right or wrong, even back then!

And the section to get young minds thinking? A final double page which asks was Louis the greatest liar OR "the most remarkable man of the century" Mark takes many of Louis extraordinary claims - flying fish, monsters of the deep and presents some interesting and compelling factual evidence to be considered ...

What do you think? Louis the remarkable or a charlatan???

Enjoy!

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There is not a stir or a whisper when Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his
astonishing experiences.
It is the most amazing story a man ever lived to tell – a breathtaking tale of
catastrophe and miraculous events.
But critics say he is an imposter with a gift for ripping yarns. Are
Louis’s tales true? Or is he the greatest liar on earth?
The true story of Louis de Rougemont and how
his stories became truth and his truths became stories.

Nitty Gritty

Format
Hardcover
Pages
32
Publisher
ISBN
978-1921529856

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The Greatest Liar on Earth 2012-06-22 02:23:57 nabbu
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Reviewed by nabbu    June 22, 2012

Pleasure to read

This book is jam packed with bucket loads of imaginative fun, colourful illustrations and rich text. The narrative is captivating and keeps the reader engaged from cover to cover. I absolutely love the language which definitely challenges the young literary minds. A creative tale of adventure and delight. Highly recommended.

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The Greatest Liar on Earth 2012-04-12 14:48:15 Jane Bartlett
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Reviewed by Jane Bartlett    April 13, 2012

The Greatest Liar on Earth

Louis reminds me of someone I know very well.
And, his stories are amazing and sometimes unbelievable, but are all true......but my friend has never worn a suit!

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